The Perspectives on E-scooters Use: A Longitudinal Approach to Understanding E-scooter Travel Behavior in Portland, Oregon

Unique travel behavior patterns are observed as shared electric scooters (e-scooters) provided by private operators expand into U.S. cities. Three continuous years of e-scooter ridership survey data from the Portland Bureau of Transportation’s E-scooter Pilot Programs were analyzed to ascertain the longitudinal travel behavior patterns and demographic characteristics of e-scooter riders. Cross tabulation and chi-square tests are used to analyze e-scooter trip purposes, first time rider motives, and ridership demographics from 2018 to 2020 in Portland, OR. Similar municipal micromobility reports from Austin, TX; San Francisco, CA; and Santa, Monica, CA are compared against the Portland study to look for generalizable trends. Walking and ride hailing trips were consistently replaced with e-scooter trips over the three years of analysis. In 2020, utilitarian trips replaced recreation trips as the top trip purpose. Finally, there is additional preliminary findings that older riders might use e-scooters as a first/last mile solution to access public transportation.


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  • Media Type: Digital/other
  • Features: Figures; References; Tables;
  • Pagination: 19p

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 01763538
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Report/Paper Numbers: TRBAM-21-02645
  • Files: TRIS, TRB, ATRI
  • Created Date: Feb 4 2021 10:54AM